Speaker: Dr. Setsuo Miyazawa
Legal Sociologist at Aoyama Gakuin University


The new jury system (Saiban-In) is expected to radically change the legal structure in Japan. Most trials in Japan today are conducted on the basis of written records, but under the new system, six lay people and three trial judges will concentrate on hearing live testimony. Professor Miyazawa will discuss the problems facing implementation of the new system in a passive culture in which people are reluctant to form opinions, to argue their opinions and to readily submit to authority.

Professor Miyazawa holds a doctorate in Juridical Science degrees from Hokkaido University and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. Over the years, he has been a full-time faculty member of Omiya Law School, Waseda University and Kobe University and has also taught as a visiting professor at Harvard University, U.C. Berkeley, UCLA and York University. He has written more than a dozen books, including Legality of the Legal Process in Japan, Contemporary Judicial System: A Textbook and Policing in Japan: A Study on Making Crime.

The lecture will be in English.